Pottery Addition property pondered

STEUBENVILLE – A property owner blocking an alley in Pottery Addition was discussed during Thursday’s meeting of the Jefferson County commissioners.

Commissioner Tom Gentile said a property owner in Pottery Addition had illegally taken over an alley owned by the county between county Road 44 and county Road 7C. Gentile said the roadway was a dedicated alley, and he’d received complaints the property owner was blocking the alley.

“(The alley) hasn’t been abandoned as far as we know,” said Gentile, adding the owner adjacent to the alley has parked two 40-foot trailers in the alley, effectively blocking it.

Gentile said the resident also has other materials scattered over more adjacent land owned by the state, and the area surrounding the property’s owners residence was an eyesore.

He added he’d received complaints from Pottery Addition residents who want to use the alley.

“We’re going to get this (property owner’s) name and send him a letter,” Gentile continued. “We’d like to give him a specific number of days to get the items removed.”

Commissioner Dave Maple asked if the sheriff’s department could get involved and perhaps have the trailers towed.

“Does this have to go to the (Jefferson County) prosecutor’s office first?” Maple asked.

Gentile responded they wanted to give the resident time to move the vehicles and clean up the adjacent areas first.

“The Island Creek Township trustees are in the loop,” said Gentile, adding he’d discussed the issue with trustees, but so far there had been no efforts to move the items. “I’ve heard from several Pottery Addition residents about this ‘unofficial junkyard.’ They are well within their rights to want it removed.”

Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the property owner before other action is taken.

In other matters:

Commissioners went into executive session to discuss the Jefferson County Port Authority and Jefferson County Industrial Park; and to discuss personnel matters at the Jefferson County Jobs and Family Services.

Commissioner Tom Graham was absent from Thursday’s meeting due to vacation.

(Miller can be contacted at mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.)